Sep 012017

Attention Community Members….

Could you please share the information below with your school community, parents, HOAs and friends about this important Issaquah City Council Meeting regarding rezoning for building schools. Your help is TRULY appreciated to get this information out to our community!

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Your input is needed at the Issaquah City Council Meeting Tues. Sept. 5th 7-8pm:

The Issaquah School District has found a property to build an additional elementary school near Swedish Hospital in the Issaquah Highlands. ISD believes this property represents our best chance to secure a location for a new elementary school in the Issaquah Highlands.  ISD would also like to build a new middle school on the property that their ISD admin offices are located on in downtown Issaquah (behind IVE) and relocate their admin offices at another property in downtown Issaquah.  In order to move forward with purchasing and building in these locations, city zoning amendments are needed. The Issaquah City Council needs to hear from the community.

The Issaquah Council will hear public comments about these zoning amendments at their next City Council meeting Tuesday, September 5th, from 7:00-8:00 pm.

If you would like to comment why you feel that is important for the zoning to be changed in order to build schools in these locations to accommodate our growing student population, please come to the meeting and give your opinion for a CF-F (facilities) zoning! So far the council has only heard from opponents of the rezoning considerations, but it would be good to let the Council know why this is important to approve!  ISD is trying to manage the growth of our schools by building in these locations, however without the CF-F zoning, ISD cannot build there. Your voices need to be heard on how these new schools would impact your communities.

If you can’t make this meeting, but would like to comment and share your valuable opinion, email the Issaquah City Council here:

Click here for information on the meeting and location:

Click here for ISD’s community meeting held at Grand Ridge Elementary, Thursday, August 24th regarding a future site in the Issaquah Highlands:



Aug 312017

The Issaquah School District held a community meeting at Grand Ridge Elementary on Thursday, August 24 regarding a future school site in the Issaquah Highlands, and also gave updates on the 2016 Bond.

Deatils of the meetings can be found on the District website HERE:

Below is the information you’ll find there.

Tools from the Meeting
Issaquah City Council Email Address:
Click here to visit the Land Acquisitions webpage.

Documents presented at the community meeting:
Building New Schools – the Quest for Suitable Land
FAQ School Siting
Grand Ridge Site Presentation 7-19-17
CF-F Zoning

August 9 School Board Meeting Podcast
Board Resolutions:
Resolution No. 1096 – Concerning Board Support of Proposed City of Issaquah Zoning Code Amendments
Resolution No. 1097 – Concerning Board Support of Proposed City of Issaquah Annexation and Pre-Annexation Zoning for King County Island

Bond Projects Webpage:
2016 Bond Project: Cougar Ridge Expansion Project
2016 Bond Project: Pine Lake Middle School Rebuild
2016 Bond Project: Sunset Expansion Project

Community Meeting Background Information
New schools need to be built soon in the Issaquah School District to accommodate current student enrollment. The community showed overwhelming support for increasing capacity for students when more than 70% voted in favor of approving a $533.3M school bond to acquire property, build two new elementary schools, a new middle and high school, and expand capacity at additional schools. Since the election in April 2016, the District has been hard at work to identify suitable property in an incredibly competitive and expensive market for land within the Urban Growth Boundary. Our goal is to locate schools where the population needs are greatest within these boundaries. However, it has been an extremely difficult process. We have identified properties that would work for us to build schools on, but we need some help in terms of zoning revisions and code variances from the City of Issaquah to make them viable options. Of particular interest is a piece of property adjacent to Swedish Hospital that we believe represents our best chance at building a much needed elementary school in the Issaquah Highlands. As with any development in our region, there are concerns that need to be addressed. This community meeting was held to discuss concerns that have been brought to our attention regarding the size and type of schools we are building, growth in the region, and preservation of trees. Per the materials listed above, we had the opportunity to share and explain our rationale, criteria, and vision for our future schools with our community.

Details about the Podcast
The Issaquah School Board took action at their August 9 regular meeting to support the District in its requests submitted to the City of Issaquah for needed zoning and code revisions. You can listen to the discussion, public testimony, and the subsequent vote via podcast on our website. You are most welcome to listen to the entire podcast. However, the discussion regarding requested zoning changes begins at the 2:12 time mark and you may forward the file to that point.

Hot Topic News Item regarding the Community Meeting.

Hot Topic New Item regarding The Search for Property to Build New Schools – FAQ.

If you have opinions you would like to share with the Issaquah City Council, you may send an email to

If you have questions or comments for the ISD, please access our online survey form.

Aug 172017

Two important meetings that affect the Issaquah School District’s attempt to secure property for the purpose of building new schools per the 2016 school bond.

Community Meeting on School Siting / 2016 Bond Update
Thursday, August 24 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at Grand Ridge Elementary

Issaquah City Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers

The first meeting is a community meeting being held at Grand Ridge Elementary on August 24 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This meeting will mainly focus on the property in the Highlands adjacent to Swedish Hospital. We believe this property represents the best chance to site a school in the Highlands. Our goal is to hear community concerns regarding the size and type of schools we are building, growth in the region, and preservation of trees and explain our rationale, criteria, and vision for our future schools.

The second meeting is the Issaquah City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5. The Issaquah School District is asking the City Council to approve zoning and code revisions we have requested. These zoning and code changes are needed in order to move forward with the Highland site as well as other property acquisitions. Without these changes, the District would be put in a position of asking for code variances that may or may not be approved on the property we purchase. If we purchased property and those variances were not approved for some reason, we would be left with property not suitable for a school. We have a fiduciary responsibility to our taxpayers and purchasing land without these assurances is too risky.

The Issaquah School Board voted in favor of the administration’s requests to the City of Issaquah at their August 9 regular meeting. You can listen to the discussion, public testimony, and the subsequent vote via podcast on our website at You are most welcome to listen to the entire podcast. However, the discussion regarding requested zoning changes begins at approximately the two hour and twelve minute (2:12) mark and you may forward the file to that point. Additionally, we have an FAQ posted on our website at

L. Michelle, APR
Executive Director of Communications

Jun 132017

Public Hearing to be Held Wed., June 14 7PM for Possible Re-purposing of Bond Funds:

The Issaquah School District Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing during the regular school board meeting on Wednesday, June 14. The meeting starts at 7:00pm and will be held in the administration building boardroom at 565 NW Holly Street.

The community is encouraged to attend as the school board will be considering the possibility of re-purposing a portion of voter-approved funding included in the 2016 school bond. Please visit our Bond Projects Page for reference and links to more information.

Bond Proceeds Public Hearing pdf
1093 (Bond Repurpose) Ammend Res No 1063.pdf

Mar 152017

Every four years, the Issaquah School District asks local voters to approve levies to pay for educational essentials that the state does not fund, including school buses, classroom technology, and about 20 percent of the operations budget.

Because our current levies expire next year, the District is forming a community committee now to help plan the renewal levy measures. If you are interested in representing the community at large on the committee, or as a member of your local school, please contact Lisa White at or 425-837-7024 for an application, or pick one up at your local school building by April 7th.

Committee members will consider the overall need, proposed content, total cost, and tax impacts of the ballot measures and present a final recommendation to the Superintendent.

Please be aware that the Levy Development Committee is scheduled to meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 and May 17, with the possibility of additional meetings on Wednesday, May 31 and June 7, if necessary. Committee members should plan to attend each meeting.

If you know someone who would make a particularly good committee member, please extend a personal invitation.

We appreciate your support as we head into this important committee work!

Levy Committee Application2017

Sep 272016



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Sep 122016
Issaquah SD
The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Gibson Ek High School, Issaquah School District’s new choice high school. The ribbon cutting event, featuring the Mayor and King and Queen of Issaquah will take place at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 13 at 400 1st Avenue, Issaquah, WA. For more information about Gibson Ek High School, please visit their webpage at
What’s happening outside of school?
Check out the Community Fliers electronic bulletin board.
Apr 262016



Thank you to everyone who helped us pass this bond!!

These are the first results as of 8:15pm, Tues. April 26, 2016